The Three Kings commemoration held on the January 5 at Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila was done under the auspices of the Intramuros Administration. The event featured the highly acclaimed Earthsavers, who was honored twice by UNESCO as Artists for Peace and the 6th in the world designated as UNESCO DREAM Center.
The group of “handicapable” artists highlighted the United Nations global observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 in Paris, France.
Their performance was directed by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee in 1972, PETA Founder and the President of the Philippine Center of the International Theater Institute (ITI).
The 10 member group is composed of two blind singers/keyboardist Maricor Book and Rico del Rosario; a down syndrome patient with a hearing impairment, Raquel Arica; polio survivor Edgardo Sison; an indigenous youngster Edmarie Inda; former street kid Angelbert Cruz; deaf interpreter, Edna Sanchez; production assistant Jennifer del Rosario; dancer and out-of-school-youth Wally Tuyan; and executive assistant, Susan Claudio.
The Three Kings commemoration program included a music version of Jose Rizal’s Mi Ultimo Adios as well as the song “Don’t Laugh at Me” by Peter Yarrow, who especially composed the song for those with disabilities and other marginalized groups.
The French Embassy, the Philippine Embassy, DFA European Section, Malayan Insurance, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) facilitated Earthsaver’s participation in Paris during Human Rights Week.